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L'Etoile Restaurant

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1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892 (East Washington)
+1 608-251-0500
17:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 17:30 - 21:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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82 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful attention by servers. Table was in a great location. However, had I known I would have requested seating in the life area. Looked like a relatively private area. Food was delicious. Be prepared for the total on the bill!

Thank Paris435805
Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An excellent restaurant in all aspects - food, service, view. Fine dining without question. Creative and servings are just the right size, especially if you get a multi-course fixed price dinner. Great wine flights or bottle to accompany. Extensive wine list with some great moderately priced ones. We have been there several times and have never been disappointed. Be prepared... More 

Thank scooper2507
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85 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Reserved a table a few months ago to celebrate our youngest son's graduation. We were a large party with all different tastes and likes. The set menu still allowed us to make everyone happy. The Maitre D went out of his way to make sure all were happy, especially the vegan guests, which made all the difference.

Thank Maxime D
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the best dining experience of my life. That L'Etoile doesn't have a Michelin star is a discredit to the rating system.

Thank Gerald W
Ripon, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

My first taste of Chef Torey Millers 7 course tasting menu! A Foodie experience! His Foie Gras dish has inspired me to make it numerous times!

Thank Nutty10
Melbourne, Australia
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40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While in Madison travelling for work, we went to l'Etoile to celebrate a colleague's birthday. Although we knew that the reviews were good, this restaurant exceeded our expectations. We all opted for the Seven-course Chef's Tasting Menu with matched wines. This gave a good sample of the range of tastes available and every course was superb. There is an excellent... More 

Thank MarkB404
Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a go to special occasion evening for us. We LOVE tasting menus with wine pairings and L'Etoile knows how to do this VERY well. Don't drive, though because you are guaranteed to be a bit tipsy after 7 courses, each with a fairly generous pairing. Service is outstanding and the staff knows their stuff. They describe the dishes... More 

Thank Burrdiegal
Chicago, Illinois
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73 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Enjoyed a nice menu along with good service. Seemed focused on local ingredients and proud of what they offered.

Thank Jeff P
Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Consistently refer this restaurant as the best in Madison and we always had a wonderful experience there until the last visit. My two issues are the long time it took - 20 mins - to clear our table after the first AND second courses, and, the unimaginative food we were served. Even the desserts were not up to scratch. Largely... More 

Thank ColmK667
Houston, texas, USA
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386 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,875 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Spent the better part of two weeks in Wisconsin so our sample size is limited but this was far and away the best meal we had. It's a very elegant restaurant located just East of the capital building and while you really don't have much of a view it's the food your here for and they deliver. Everything was outstanding,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
French, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
    (East Washington)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-251-0500

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?